This past week, NJoy took a retreat from his usual “letter of the week” and just focused on Thanksgiving. The theme was integrated into some of ALuv’s schoolwork, too. (If you missed these recent Thanksgiving posts, they were Thanksgiving tangrams, Colonial Day learning, Thanksgiving Do-a-Dot Mosaics, and A Poem of Thanksgiving.)
It wasn’t the heaviest week of schoolwork for NJoy. He still shows great interest in learning, but has just recently begun to say, “I’m done” after 2 activities. And I’m fine with that. Sometimes, I’ll sneak an activity in after dinner or after rest time. BUT this week was a little lighter than usual because (drumroll, please) HE DECIDED TO GET ON THE POTTY (@ 3 years, 1 month old)! So, we’ve spent a lot of time in the bathroom instead of the schoolroom. On this week up to Thanksgiving, I am thankful to have less diapers to change!! 🙂
Here are the Thanksgiving Activities we did:
Most of my activities for NJoy came from Carisa’s Thanksgiving Pack at 1+1+1=1 & 2 Teaching Mommies: Turkey Unit & Thanksgiving Unit, but I did get a few other activities elsewhere. I’ll link to those in my post.
We did some stamping,
some letter matching,
some do-a-dot painting,
This was his favorite activity of the week by far. I used the lower case Comic Sans font turkey from Making Learning Fun. He picked an upper case letter tile, found the matching lower case letter on the turkey, then placed a dot on it. He asked for this one over and over again!
Of course, MBug had to color. So I printed off a pilgrim girl from DLTK. I LOVE to watch her color. She’s so into it!
and some math,
MBug enjoyed playing with the dice as well. She is so funny recently. She will go over, pull out a mat and place it on the carpet, then ask for me to pull something out for her; beyond what’s already on her shelf.
Since he was really into dice this week, I downloaded a Turkey Grid Game from PreKinders in which you roll the dice, count the number,
He really enjoyed the foam turkey stickers, so I drew up a math lift-the-flap activity up for him in which he had to ID the number and place that many stickers underneath. I was impressed that he was able to peel the turkeys himself and…
How Many Pilgrims on the Mayflower? from Musings of Me (I can’t for the life of me find the specific link to this, so this link is a generic link to her site. If you’re able to find it, let me know!)
Misc. Thanksgiving Activities
I found this Thanksgiving shape activity last year from Musings of Me and pulled it out for ALuv since we started working on shapes. It was perfect to integrate into our math and he greatly enjoyed doing it.
These are the Thanksgiving books I pulled down from the attic to use this last week: There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie, Sarah Morton’s Day, Samuel Eaton’s Day, Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks, One Little, Two, Little Three Little Pilgrims & Pilgrims of Plymouth.
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